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Re: Requirements for research (Was: Dropping <input usemap="">)

From: Philip Taylor <philip@zaynar.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 15:47:29 +0100
Message-ID: <46C46381.7040509@zaynar.demon.co.uk>
To: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>
CC: public-html@w3.org

Robert Burns wrote:
> On Aug 16, 2007, at 8:58 AM, James Graham wrote:
>> Robert Burns wrote:
>>> Which results are you referring to here. Ian looked for misused 
>>> <input usemap> elements. Philip looked for <blink> and <element-I 
>>> just-mad-up> on another data set.  The couldn't reproduce the same 
>>> results because they were looking for different things.
>> I meant, more generally, that the two different surveys they did have 
>> produced similar results for questions like "what fraction of pages 
>> use the <foo> element?" rather than questions specifically related to 
>> <input usemap>. IIRC Phillip didn't find any use of <input usemap> 
>> (which you would predict from the  the small usage found by Hixie and 
>> the relative number of pages in the two surveys).
> Niether Hixe nor Philip looked for use of <input usemap> . Hixie looked 
> for misuse (or esoteric use) of <input usemap>. Philip looked for other 
> stuff (and unsurprisingly didn't find any <input usemap>).

http://canvex.lazyilluminati.com/survey/2007-07-17/analyse.cgi/index - I 
looked for all start tags and for all attributes on start tags.

is the data for <... usemap> - out of 7739 pages, <img usemap> was on 
1006, <td usemap> was on 1, and usemap was not found on any other tag. 
(Given the sample size, that just indicates that any other usemaps are 
on somewhere below 0.2% of the pages from dmoz.org. I could probably 
look at a hundred times as many pages without too much trouble, but I'd 
be happier if there was a better source of 'normal' pages than dmoz.org)

Philip Taylor
Received on Thursday, 16 August 2007 14:47:37 UTC

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